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November 10, 2005
Weldon Covers Able Danger Details On Busy News Day

As I reported on Tuesday night, Curt Weldon held a press conference to keep the spotlight on Able Danger. His timing, as AJ Strata notes, left a little to be desired; the testimony of oil executives guaranteed the better part of media attention would be diverted, and the later bombing in Amman would soon supercede everything else. AJ has a great review of the conference.

It garnered little media coverage, in any event, and what little it did tended to repeat what we already know. Weldon once again asserted that Able Danger gave the Pentagon two week's notice on the USS Cole bombing, as reported in the Myrtle Beach Sun:

Citing information provided to him by Navy Capt. Scott Philpott, the former manager of the Able Danger project, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said that two weeks before the Oct. 12, 2000, attack - and then again two days before - the intelligence unit uncovered evidence of a plot against an unnamed U.S. target in Yemen.

"They saw information that led them to unequivocally understand that something was going to happen in the port at Yemen involving an American entity," said Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

"Two days before the attack, they were jumping up and down because they knew something was going to happen ... at the port of Aden," Weldon told a Capitol Hill news conference.

Lou Dobbs had Weldon as a guest on his CNN show later yesterday, and noted that Slade Gorton remarked that Able Danger was "simply irrelevant" to the 9/11 probe. That set Weldon off:

Slade Gorton is into what the 9/11 commission is doing, Lou. It's called c, y, a. Cover their butts, pretend it didn't happen.

How can you say something is historically insignificant that
Louis Freeh just two weeks ago on national TV said Able Danger
information was the kind of intelligence that could have
prevented the hijackings.

That's Louis Freeh saying that two weeks ago. Able Danger was
briefed to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in January
of 2001. How could you call that historically insignificant?

Lou, this is a cover-up. It's not a third-rate political
burglary. It's a cover-up of information on the largest attack
in the history of the country.

With the DIA smearing one of the whistleblowers and the Pentagon blocking Congressional investigations, it certainly appears that Weldon is right about the cover-up. If Able Danger was "simply irrelevant", we would have had a hearing in no time on it and allowed it to pass discredited into history. Instead, both the Pentagon and the Congress appear scared to death of Able Danger. Why?

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